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    January 24, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

    :: 1 ::

    Can I get you to leave a comment over at the FDA? I have been studying homeopathy for many years. It’s a system of medicine I’ve come to love. Not only that, but it’s been hugely helpful for me when there are no other options that work for our family. For example, I am allergic to most over the counter pain medications. I control pain (when needed) using remedies like Arnica and Hypericum.

    The FDA wants to take homeopathy’s 200+-year-old system of medicine and classify all the remedies as “new drugs,” which would then allow them to take all my precious remedies off the market. Even my most favorite, Nux Vomica, which is the only thing that helps my youngest with a certain allergy/sensitivity he has. Please please please go over to Americans for Homeopathy Choice and use their site to leave a comment on the FDA Draft Guidance. Please speak out for freedom, even if it’s one you personally have never used. The form is simple and easy to use and will only take you a short while.

    :: 2 ::

    I finished two books so far this month. I have a few more that are close to done (all of these were started in 2019, by the way), but I doubt I’ll finish them before the month is over. Anyhow, my first title completed for 2020 was The Chosen by Chaim Potok.

    I assigned The Chosen to my high school senior and I’m so glad I did. It really was amazing. It’s so well written, first of all. It leaves you with sadness that it’s over and you find yourself thinking about it long after you’re done. I have my son writing a paper on friendship using this as one of his sources. He’s pretty excited about it (which doesn’t always happen with assignments). I can’t wait to read it.

    I have some sections near the end that I think I’m going to use for my talk at the Scholé Sisters retreat in the fall. I copied them into my commonplace so I wouldn’t forget them.

    :: 3 ::

    The second book I finished was also a pre-read for high school: The Fatal Conceit by FA Hayek. Hayek is kind of dry, but what can I say? He’s a classic. If you haven’t read him have you really read enough economics? I don’t think you can skip him, but I do think, in retrospect, that The Road to Serfdom is a better choice if you’re only going to read one Hayek title.

    My original plan was to read both of those Hayeks with my senior this year, but then we did an interview with Ravi Jain for Scholé Sisters and he mentioned a book I hadn’t heard of before. I ordered it and let my senior make a choice. He went with Ravi’s recommendation, and so we’re starting Peter Drucker’s The End of Economic Man next week.

    :: 4 ::

    Are you doing the 2020 Scholé Sisters 5×5 Reading Challenge? If so, our first check in is tomorrow morning! 9am PST Saturday morning. I can’t wait. It’ll be fun. ♥

    :: 5 ::

    This month in 2014:

    It’s not that this old post is so amazing. More than anything, it was interesting to me to look back and see what I was reading: John Senior and James K.A. Smith. These titles were so formative to me. Are you reading? Do it. It’ll pay dividends for years.

    :: 6 ::

    Podcast episode of the week:

    • Mortification of Spin: Struck Down, but Not Destroyed
      • If you know someone who struggles with anxiety — the type that seems to be biologically based and not just a need to “trust God more” — I highly recommend this episode. I plan to buy the book they’re referencing!

    :: 7 ::

    This week’s links collection:

    I didn’t read much news this week — just super busy as we get back into the swing of things around here. Do you have any must-read articles to share from this week? Leave them in the comments!

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  • Reply Rebecca Beck January 28, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Just Incase homeopathy becomes under scrutiny have you ever made remedies yourself? My neighbor has used it for 50 some years and says it is very simple! After signing the petition it might be good to look into! (Very excited about The Chosen, got it in the mail a few days before the post?!). It’s on the 8th grade list for Mater Amabalis!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 29, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Rebecca, I was just thinking about this! I have NEVER made a remedy myself, no. Does your neighbor have a book recommendation that would help me learn? I was looking into planting a “poison garden” — these used to be popular in order to make the poison remedies. The question is how to protect our many rabbits at the same time when they always try to get into things.

      You are going to LOVE The Chosen! ♥

      • Reply Rebecca Beck January 29, 2020 at 9:06 pm

        My neighbor has lots of recommendations but they are all in German!? what she has explained is supper easy. For instance if you have a bad virus- just take a little snot and dilute it in 2 cups of water. Then take a teaspoon of that water and dilute it in 2 cups again. Continue to dilute. Then take a small sip. The higher the dilution, the stronger the remedy! God speed and if you ever find a book let us know! (To protect the bunnies-use tall planters or hanging baskets!)

  • Reply rahime January 24, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks!!! I read A Road to Serfdom last year after seeing the number of times NassimNicholas Taleb referred to it. It was SOOO good! Glad to have another Hayek to add to my list. The Chosen has been on my “to read” list for about 25 yrs and I never seem to get around to it…maybe I’ll push it up to the top of the stack this year.

    The FDA makes me so mad! Thanks for letting us know about the Americans for Homeopathy Choice effort. Comment sent!

    AND I’m going to listen to the podcast & pass it along to my very anxiety-plagued sister. <3

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 27, 2020 at 11:31 am

      Rahime, we just got the book that podcast was discussing and my daughter who has anxiety started to read and it’s SOOOOO good. Possible sister birthday gift I think! ♥

  • Reply Brooke January 24, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Thank you for these, Brandy. Great (after)thoughts, as usual! ?
    I especially appreciate number 1. I had not been aware of this, and I sent the email and also forwarded your email to some others who would as well.

    By the way, if you have not read Tom Woods’ Nullification – How to Resist Federal Tyranny in the 21st Century, I highly recommend it; it is directly applicable to the FDA issue. ?

    • Reply Brandy Vencel January 24, 2020 at 1:39 pm

      You know, I have heard him mention this book a number of times and I keep thinking I should read it. I’ll have to bump it up on my list! Thanks, Brooke!

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